Dedicated to Tom Fugle
We have dedicated this issue to Tom Fugle, who was one of the few who embodied the true chopper spirit and lifestyle. For most of his 75 years on this planet Tom was chopping, cutting, welding, painting, and pounding on motorcycles. I met Tom about five years back and loved to hear his stories of how it really was in the early ages of choppers and see his many current leather and two- wheeled creations. After his passing we contacted his family as well as close friends and wrote up a feature on Tom and his many achievements in life. We hope you like it.
The world lost another great one in Matt Davis of Dice magazine. For those of us who met or were friends with Matt, we knew we were lucky to do so as he was such a genuine and nice person. When I was chosen as editor of Street Chopper years ago the first message I received was from Matt congratulating me on my new endeavor. Matt never thought of me as a competitive editor, though our magazines have always been in the same vein. To him I was just another guy into the same things as he was. On all four corners of the globe at events and shows Matt and I would always find time to hang out a little and talk about bikes, family, and friends. I will always remember those times. You will be missed, Matt. You were one in a million.
For this issue we been all over the world and deep into our archives to bring you nothing but the best of these custom motorcycles we call choppers from the past and present. We have bikes with all sorts of powerplants from different regions of the country. Hell, we even have a Knucklehead chopper dubbed the Knucklewood, which is 100 percent carved from various types of wood all the way from Sweden.
This issue is also jam- packed with some of the most intrinsic aftermarket parts for custom choppers, bobbers, and trackers you can find anywhere. We piled in boots, shoes, riding gear, helmets, grooming products, and tools to fix, upgrade, or adapt that machine of yours as well.
We even traveled to Spain to ride the all- new Triumph Bonneville Bobber, which we rode through Madrid’s many amazing twisty roads and beautiful outlying villas. Yes, the Bobber may have a moniker that infuriates some, but we have a full, truthful, in- depth write- up on the positive and negative attributes this bike possesses.
The staff went back to Yokohama, Japan, for the Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show this past December. Even after 25 years this is an event that we still think is the best in the world for custom real- deal choppers. Imagine all of Asia’s best and brightest bike builders and their 800- plus creations under one roof for one day only. The Mooneyes HCS is just pure insanity and sensory overload. Another show that is gaining a good reputation with triedand- true chopperheads is Ventura, California’s Chopperfest. We bring you all the action from a winter show in sunny Southern California.
Like I stated before, we have a ton of good stuff going on in this issue. We also have multiple daily posts on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to clog your feed with badass bikes, so check out # streetchopper and @ streetchopper for all the online action.
jeff.holt@ bonniercorp.com @jeffgholt #jeffgholt